After living almost all his life in the streets and orphanages, MARTÍN, has had to mature earlier than a young man his age. At 14, he is already an experienced shoeshine boy in La Paz. Every morning before putting on his balaclava to go to work (as all the shoeshine boys of La Paz do to hide their faces and avoid discrimination), he begins his jogging routine along the steep hills of the colorful and miserable streets of the indigenous districts of the city; this exercise made him well known among everyone in the neighborhood. The fragile stability in which Martin has lived in the last years, falls apart when SANDRA, a strip-club's dancer for whom he feels a great attraction, tells him that one of his best clients, is his father; NOVOA, a lonely tailor whose only companion is his dog, a fine German shepherd, champion of several pedigree contests and whom he cares for like you would a son. MARTÍN, overwhelmed by the news, decides to take revenge, and with the help of his roommate, who kills dogs to sell them to clandestine abattoirs, kidnaps the fine German shepherd, in order to feel that he has some power over his father. Novoa, desperate for the loss of his dog, asks MARTÍN for help in the search, offering him money in exchange for sticking reward posters on his route each morning. MARTÍN accepts the deal and this situation forces the rapprochement between them. Little by little, after their repeated meetings, Martin begins to feel more and more drawn by this unknown figure who was absent in his life until now. MARTÍN, in a desperate attempt to win the love of his father, decides to confess that he knows the truth. Decision that will only lead him to experience another frustration, and receive a new rejection as a response. More wounded than ever, he is now filled with a new realization of his inner strength. He is no longer a lost dog searching for an owner, but a stray of his own streets; rough, hurt, but proud.
Partners & financing
Ibermedia Development Fund, Color Monster (Bolivia), Calamar Cine (Chile), La Post Producciones (Chile), Slingshot Films Distribution (Italy)